These videos will give you new insights into hand mechanics and the forces encountered when playing with sticks. When you understand how things work, it's easier to operate the system with better results. Good technique will allow you to perform the music you love for many years. Bad technique can shorten your career.
Remember, the ultimate goal of technique is to help you perform the music you want to play, night after night, without injuring yourself. No one technique is right or appropriate for every situation. The technique(s) you need will be driven by your musical choices. Controlling factors are: volume level; speed of the part; and duration of the performance. By-products of good technique are: better control; energy efficiency; fluid/flowing moments; musical consistency; and speed.
These videos show how it's possible to produce flam, drag, ruff, and roll sounds just by manipulating double strokes with Open/Close technique. I introduce slow motion notation, which combines simple rhythmic notation with open/close notations, to give exact rhythmic positions for every note/movement of a rudimental pattern, even the grace notes. Slow motion notation reveals the underlying mechanics, or DNA of a pattern. It then shows you how, by slightly altering the timing of some the movements of the pattern, you can create several different sounding rudiments from the same set of mechanical components, the essence of morphing.
For more helpful exercises and info get "Morphing Doubles with Open/Close Technique" at GK-Music.com. The book, combined with these videos, will give you a complete and comprehensive picture of how useful this simple method really is.
The very first video about O/C Tech & single stroke rolls. Ed Shaughnessy saw it and said "You've developed an historically important form of technique that ranks with the Moeller System!" This endorsement led to an invitation to participate in a technique clinic series at PASIC 2003 with Joe Morello and Jim Chapin. After seeing my presentation Joe Morello told me "I'm SO glad you did this! Billy Gladstone was messing around with this when I was studying with him but he never documented it. I think you took it further than he did!"
O/C Tech. Pt. 3, which demoed the O/C SINGLED FOUR single stroke roll, was posted on YouTube in 2008 around the same time as my student, Jeff Peterson, posted his performance of it. These videos have a combined total of over 300,000 views. Now you can find videos of drummers from around the world playing the singled four.
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Here are the first drummers I saw who learned my Open/Close SINGLED FOUR single stroke roll and played it better than I could! Raul got O/C info from my friend and student, Michael Croy, who met Raul in the late 90's at a percussion workshop in Cuba. Jeff Peterson was a student of mine for several years in the 2000's. I asked them both to make videos to prove that the open/close SINGLED FOUR was a do-able thing. These were posted about 10 years ago.
Now drummers around the world are playing the Open/Close SINGLED FOUR - a single stroke roll created from interwoven, continuous mode, two note strokes - open R /open L /close R / close L. Some metal drummers are even using it for blast beats!
Me playing the SMB gig. Playing Rock 'n' Roll in arenas, amphitheaters, and outdoor festivals requires a strong, simple, energetic approach to communicate the music clearly. In these settings playing too many notes tends to cloud and clutter the sound, reducing the impact of the music.
You'll see that I use mostly larger Moeller/whipping movements. I do this to create a bigger sound and visual, plus it feels good to play this music that way! But I'm still trying to do these motions in a way that maximizes energy transfer while reducing effort/work - getting more for less. As I get older, I can confirm that a drummer's best friend is mechanical efficiency - the key to a long career. (FYI - The only time I use open/close on this gig is when we play a shuffle!)